Day 0 – October 09, 2010
Even though I’m the one who stood in line for the visas, spent countless hours on the internet comparing travel deals, accommodation prices, and destinations to go to, it’s strange how only now do I feel like something is different. I won’t have to go to bed on Sundays thinking about the impending torture of being at work during the next five days, sitting in front of a computer system like a leashed dog, unable to flinch. At the same time I can’t help but feel strange. It isn’t the same as when I was traveling to Melbourne in 2008. That was a wondrously nervous feeling, being the first time I was stepping out of the country on my own, exploring the world and realizing there was so much more to the it than just Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bangalore or Hyderabad! No, this is different. I can’t quite say how, but know there is more to this than simply being free for 90 days.
There’s a sense of purpose going along with that freedom. At the same time, it’s a little difficult to believe this is actually happening. Only when I look at the flight display showing that I’m flying over Iran does the reality of it all hit home. Wow, I’m actually doing this?!! After so much deliberation, so many changes and so much confusion it’s finally happening. I guess it might only really sink in once I get out of Heathrow.
I’m going to let this time be driven by desire. To have fun, to do what I want, go where I want, stay as long as I want, eat what I want (or what I can find!), shoot as long as I want. But at the end of it all (and in the meanwhile) I also need to create content in the form of images, experiences, and hopefully stories. Not just for being an attention-whore as a friend of mine would say ;), but in order to write the preface of the book I wish to create (metaphor for the rest of my life :D). I don’t know if I’ll last or wear out, whether I’ll create something worth cherishing or junk, if I’ll be an explorer or just a traveler, but I’m going to try to be all that I want to be.
I hope that all the good wishes that my friends and family sent my way work their magic. Thanks to all those who’ve encouraged me to do this. It might not turn out to be the journey of a lifetime, but I sure hope it turns into possibly the most important one I will ever undertake. With that I officially begin my journey that will take me across two continents in 90 days.
First up, the Queen beckons. 😉